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Locomotive Roster for Weekend 25th & 26th February 2017

BR Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078 handled all steam services at the weekend and continues throughout the week and next weekend.

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A change however takes place in the diesel service that operates Tuesday and Wednesday this week for visitors to the Ice Age™ event as well as the weekend diesel service and Class 101 diesel multiple unit will be doing the honours.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

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Locomotive Roster for Weekend 18th & 19th February 2017

Having been rostered last weekend Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2T no. 85 was, in fact, substituted by BR Standard 4MT 4-6-0 75078 and the ex-Southern Region locomotive will continue this weekend. After being the mainstay of services since the turn of the New Year, 85, a veteran built in 1899, is finally taking a well earned rest.

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DRB M79964 which will once again operate the diesel turns throughout the weekend.

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Ivatt Restoration Update

The Society’s in-house magazine Push & Pull publishes an update on the restoration of Ivatt 2-6-2T 41241 every quarter. Since publication of the Winter 2016/17 edition, progress has continued apace with a view to completion in time for the Re-opening Anniversary celebrations in June  2018. Here Callum Porter and James Horrell of the Ivatt Team document and illustrate the continued restoration up to the end of January 2017. Continue reading

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Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 11th & 12th February 2017 – Correction

Unfortunately the news item sent out earlier was erroneous in more ways than one, for which we humbly apologise. That post should have read as follows (and the date amended to THIS weekend).

Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2T no. 85 should have had the luxury of a day off on Sunday when USATC S160 5820 was due to handle the steam service but 5820 remained on shed and 85 handled the day’s steam service.

The TVR tank will not be getting respite this weekend either and is back this weekend on both Saturday and Sunday.

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DRB M79964 which will once again operate the diesel turns throughout the weekend.

The highlight of last weekend was the trial running of a steam hauled (empty) passenger set banked by a further steam locomotive to simulate the operation when ‘Flying Scotsman’ visits in April. Under normal circumstances steam banked passenger services are not permitted and hence the trial. 60103 is a thoroughbred and the lifting of a heavy train, which will include both Pullman coaches, on the steep curve out of Keighley and up Keighley Bank is not what the A3 Pacific was built for. Banking assistance has therefore been given special dispensation to ensure that the days services operate without hitches and delays, should the Pacific need assistance out of Keighley. This adds to the dispensation for the axle loading which is over normal KWVR limits.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

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Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 21st & 22nd January 2017

Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2T no. 85 had the luxury of a day off on Sunday when USATC S160 5820 handled the steam service but is back this weekend on both days.

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DRB M79964 which will once again operate the diesel turns throughout the weekend.

The highlight of last weekend was the trial running of a steam hauled (empty) passenger set banked by a further steam locomotive to simulate the operation when ‘Flying Scotsman’ visits in April. Under normal circumstances steam banked passenger services are not permitted and hence the trial. 60103 is a thoroughbred and the lifting of a heavy train, which will include both Pullman coaches, on the steep curve out of Keighley and up Keighley Bank is not what the A3 Pacific was built for. Banking assistance has therefore been given special dispensation to ensure that the days services operate without hitches and delays, should the Pacific need assistance out of Keighley. This adds to the dispensation for the axle loading which is over normal KWVR limits.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

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Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 4th & 5th February 2017

Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2T no. 85 will once again be on duty on Saturday but, after 4 weekends on duty, the TVR tank gets respite with USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 scheduled to head the steam service on Sunday.

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DRB M79964 which will once again operate the diesel turns throughout the weekend.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

‘Flying Scotsman’ – Lineside Photo Permits

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During the visit of ‘Flying Scotsman’, for those with Lineside Photographic Permits who choose to use them during the week of the locomotive’s visit, we will be charging a one-off fee, to cover the cost of special Hi-Viz vests, which will assist us with policing line-side access during the week of the visit.

The fee of £25 that we are charging photo permit holders will cover the cost of the Hi-Viz as well as make a contribution toward the cost of the event, whilst allowing our photo permit holders to capture from the lineside what we hope will become a very special event in the Preservation Society’s history. Please do note that anyone who is line-side without the special Hi-Viz AND their K&WVR photo permit will be removed. The special permit and special clothing will be valid for the entire period of Flying Scotsman’s visit and is non-transferable.

Applications for ‘Flying Scotsman’ Lineside Photographic Permits are now being accepted in our office at Haworth from existing KWVRPS members. Depending on the current status of your Membership / Lineside Photographic Permit the procedures are slightly different and accordingly the deadlines for applications vary:

♦ Current Members – valid Photo Permit: Deadline to apply Sunday 12th March 2017
♦ Current Members – expired Photo Permit: Deadline to apply Sunday 5th March 2017
♦ Current Members – new Photo Permit: Deadline to apply Sunday 12th February 2017
♦ Expired Members – valid Photo Permit: Deadline to apply Sunday 12th March 2017

Please look at this PDF for answers to some of the questions you may have about applying for the ‘Flying Scotsman’ permit, click HERE >>>.

Strict policing of the lineside will be in evidence for the week and in addition we ask in particular that all permit-holders and members of the public respect our land boundaries and do not trespass on any private land. If you do have permission from land owners to take photographs from their land, then we would recommend having written authority from them with you to avoid being challenged during the event.

We ask that you assist us during the event by alerting a member of Railway staff or, once you are in a position of safety, by calling the office on 01535 645214 if you see anyone not wearing the special clothing and/or trespassing on private land.

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Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 28th & 29th January 2017

Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2T no. 85 has given stalwart service, operating every weekend of the January timetable and will once again be in action on a 4 coach service this weekend.

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DRB M79964 which will once again operate the diesel turns throughout the weekend.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

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2 more for Winter Steam Gala

Following our announcement of visiting locomotives for the Winter Steam Gala, LMS ‘Crab’ 2-6-0 13065  and LNER Class B1 4-6-0 61264, we are pleased to report that we will be welcoming a further two or, more accurately, one plus a returnee home.

Our very own LMS ‘Black 5’ 4-6-0 45212 returned to action at our Autumn Steam Spectacular in October after overhaul to mainline condition at Ian Riley Engineering at Bury and will be returning to the KWVR metals in time to take part in the Gala after undertaking its mainline testing run.

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Joining 45212 will be one of Ian Riley’s own Black 5s, no’s 45407 which will run onto KWVR metals after a mainline excursion to Holyhead. Both engines will be present with us during our Steam Gala in preparation for mainline railtour duties.

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Both 45407 & 45212 will operate full diagrams on Friday 3rd and a single round trip on Saturday morning, 4th, before setting off mainline at approx. 11.45 Saturday morning to take up their railtour duties on the ‘big’ railway.

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Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 21st & 22nd January 2017

Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2T no. 85 has been putting in sterling work since the turn of the year and is rostered for its 3rd weekend of operation on the 4 coach service. As predicted snow was around in the Valley last weekend giving the photographers who braved the cold but out in the winter sunshine, the opportunity for some stunning shots.

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DRB M79964 which will once again operate the diesel turns throughout the weekend.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

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Flying Scotsman Photographic Permits

Some photo permit holders received a note with their renewal notices to alert them to there being special arrangements during ‘Flying Scotsman’s’ visit. Once the visit was confirmed, our priority was to get the booking system up and running, but with some permit holder’s renewals being issued around the time of confirmation of the visit, we chose to send the holding note with the renewal rather than say nothing at that time.

Having had time to consider arrangements, we can confirm that we have taken the decision to ask all members for an additional contribution during ‘Flying Scotsman’s’ visit to ensure that we recoup the not insignificant costs of the event.  Therefore, for those with photo permits who choose to use them during the week of the visit, we will be charging a one-off fee.

This contribution will cover the cost of special Hi-Viz vests, which will assist us with policing line-side access during the week of the visit. Due to the potential numbers visiting we did consider withdrawing passes altogether to help avoid any issues with managing line-side access. However we have been able avoid to this by issuing special vests, supported by plans for strict policing of access during the week. Of course, if there are any problems we reserve the right to withdraw such access, but hope that such action will not be required.

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We ask in particular that all permit-holders respect our land boundaries and do not trespass on any private land. If you do have permission from land owners to take photographs from their land, then we would recommend having written authority from them with you to avoid being challenged during the event. We ask that you assist us during the event by alerting a member of Railway staff or, once you are in a position of safety, by calling the office on 01535 645214 if you see anyone not wearing the special clothing and/or trespassing on private land.

The fee of £25 that we are charging photo permit holders will cover the cost of the Hi-Viz as well as make a contribution toward the cost of the event, whilst allowing our photo permit holders to capture what we hope will become a very special event in the Preservation Society’s history.

Applications for the special access photo permit and vest can be made to the Administration Office at Haworth.

Please do note that anyone who is line-side without the special Hi-Viz AND their K&WVR photo permit will be removed. The special permit and special clothing will be valid for the entire period of Flying Scotsman’s visit and is non-transferable.

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Flying Scotsman Update

Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd April

 

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‘Flying Scotsman’ will now be on display at Ingrow on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd April only. The locomotive will be hauling passenger services on the second weekend due to unexpectedly high demand for tickets for the weekday service resulting in us now increasing the number of days in passenger service.

Flying Scotsman will be in steam and on display at Ingrow West between 09.00 and 18.00. Entry to Ingrow yard will require a special day ticket to be purchased and will include unlimited travel on our steam trains between Oxenhope and Keighley.

Tickets for travel should be purchased on the day and will include viewing the locomotive from the public area and entry to the Museum of Rail Travel and Ingrow Loco Museum. Passenger services behind our own steam locomotives will operate every hour from 08.30 – 18.30.

Please note advance booking is NOT necessary to come and see Flying Scotsman whilst on static display at Ingrow..

Tickets for travel and entry to the Ingrow West site on the day will be as follows:

  • £20 Adults.
  • £17 concessions (Senior citizens, and KWVRPS Members).
  • £10 children 5-15.

There will be a bar on site in the yard serving hot and cold drinks as well as alcoholic beverages and refreshments will be available on both days.

IMPORTANT

Ingrow Station and the Ingrow Yard area will only be accessible by taking a train from one of the other KWVR Stations and alighting at Ingrow West. The car park will be closed on both these days and pedestrian access is suspended for the weekend.

Car Parking

Visitors, not arriving on the Railway at Keighley, are advised to either park at Oxenhope, where there is free parking in the station area and an overflow car park a short walk away, or we are operating a free park and ride scheme at Penistone Hill to Oxenhope which will be clearly signed, just follow the AA signs that will be in place over the weekend.

“Flying Scotsman Experience”

The “Flying Scotsman Experience” allows access to the locomotive itself and includes a 15 minute interpretive talk about the loco followed by a walk through the cab and, if you so wish, the tender, following in the footsteps of generations of enginemen who passed through on their journey at speed from Kings Cross to Edinburgh.

Tickets for the “Experience” will cost an additional £10 per person and will be sold for specific time slots at 20 minute intervals between 09.00 and 17.40. Tickets will be available in advance and go on sale from 1st February by phone to our Haworth office on 01535 645214.

Monday 3rd – Sunday 9th April

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The initial ‘Flying Scotsman event envisaged 5 days of running throughout the week with the locomotive on static display at Ingrow West, at the weekends. Due to unexpectedly high demand we added extra trains to the midweek service but now with all the Pullman seats sold and virtually all the standard class seats,  we are pleased to announce we are now running ‘Flying Scotsman’ on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th April.

Both first class Pullman and standard class seats are now available on both days with 5 trains per day.

‘Flying Scotsman’ will be hauling passenger trains between Keighley and Oxenhope each day. This is YOUR chance to ride behind Flying Scotsman!

‘Flying Scotsman’ will haul your train from Keighley to Oxenhope and one of our resident steam locomotives will take the train, with Flying Scotsman on the rear, from Oxenhope to Keighley.

Tickets MUST be purchased in advance and will be valid for one round trip only (journey time around 70 minutes) from either Haworth or Oxenhope. Your advance ticket will also allow unlimited travel on our other steam train running on the same date, so you can make a day visit to the railway if you wish.

  • £20 Adult (no concessions).
  • £10 child (young children who do not require a seat can travel free of charge).

Each day one of our two Pullmans coaches, Mary or Ann, built in 1930 as a pair for the Southern Railway ‘Bournemouth Belle’ service, will be attached to every train. Complimentary hot drinks and croissants (morning departures) and  cream teas (afternoon) will be served. A premium fare for luxury travel in the Pullmans will apply.

  • £39 first class Pullman.

To book YOUR ticket to travel behind Flying Scotsman, go to our ON-LINE booking form >>>

Settle & Carlisle Re-opening Special

 

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The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway is delighted to announce the running of a commemorative railtour from Oxenhope to Carlisle behind LNER Pacific 60103 (4472) ‘Flying Scotsman’, in conjunction with Northern, Network Rail and Friends of the Settle & Carlisle. The train, which will be operated by West Coast Railways, will form part of the re-opening celebrations of the Settle & Carlisle line which is scheduled to re-open on this day.

The history of the Settle & Carlisle line is well documented and is, arguably the most scenic inland railway route in Britain. However in February 2016, after a 500,000 tonne landslip at Eden Brows, north of Armathwaite, the ground beneath the tracks slipped 5ft below its normal level and the railway was closed north of Appleby. Sitting over 240 feet above the River Eden, re-instatement of the subsided section was to be the subject of a £23 million engineering marathon involving the building an enormous concrete and steel structure that will sit beneath the railway and driving high-strength piles into the bedrock of the Eden Gorge.

This immense feat of modern railway engineering is due for completion by the end of March and the KWVR special from Oxenhope to Carlisle and return will be one of the first trains to traverse the closed section and will represent a fitting way to pay tribute to the work of our railway engineers and the re-opening of this special line.

Railtour information

  • Tickets price: £220 per person.
  • Tickets will go on sale at 18:00 on Friday 13th January via the website on-line booking system or by phone from 09.30 – 16.30 on Saturday 14th January, 01535 645214
  • Pick up stations:  Oxenhope, Haworth, Keighley or Skipton.
  • Departure times: Approx. 08:30 from Oxenhope, exact times will be announced nearer the time.
  • Tickets include:  Complimentary light refreshments (soft drinks on the outward journey and a celebratory glass of prosecco on the return) and a souvenir brochure.
  • Real ale bar and hot drinks will be available to purchase on board.
  • Approximately three hours in Carlisle.
  • Return timings:  To be confirmed nearer the time but will be early evening.

Tickets will sell fast, so don’t delay once the tickets go on sale on Friday 13th January, 18.00.

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Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 14th & 15th January 2017

Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2T no. 85 returned to action on a 4 coach corridor service and it is same again this weekend with a cold snap, possibly snow, expected. Sun, snow and no.85 on 4 coaches would make a wonderful winter scene in the Worth Valley – if the snow and sun appear.

DRB M79964 which will once again operate the diesel turns throughout the weekend.

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Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

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New Better Value Fares for 2017

The KWVR is pleased to announce our 2017 fares which will continue to offer great value, and introduce some attractive changes!

  • Rover fares for Adults, Concessions and Children, offering excellent value unlimited all day travel and museum entry will remain at 2016 prices.
  • Full Line Return fares for Adults, Concessions and Children will remain at 2016 prices.

New for 2017:

Small Family Rover

The Family Rover ticket used to only offer a saving if the family group consisted of 2 Adults and 2 or more Children. Recognising that many people do not visit us in large groups, we have withdrawn this ticket and replaced it with a new “Small Family Rover”.
The new “Small Family Rover” is for 1 Adult and 1 Child travelling together and is priced at £20. This saves £4 on buying individual tickets, but by combining this ticket with extra individual tickets there are new attractive savings for family groups of varying sizes.
Examples:

  • 2 Adults and 1 Child can now buy 1 Small Family and 1 Adult Rover, paying £36, saving £4 on 2016 prices.
  • Families of 2 Adults and 2 Children buy 2 Small Family tickets, paying £40, which is no increase on 2016 prices. A Small Family Rover is only £3.50 more than buying 1 Adult and 1 Child Full Line Return, so why not upgrade on your next visit and enjoy unlimited travel AND museum entry?

Improved KWVRPS Members Rates

Members of the KWVRPS can now enjoy cheaper prices once they have used their allocation of free tickets. New fares have been introduced for Concession (Senior) members and Child members which means that, when not using a free ticket from their entitlement, members now pay half of the normal full price ticket in the same category.
Example:

  • A Senior Member now pays £7 for a Rover whilst a Child Member now pays £4.

Why don’t you become a member of the KWVRPS, and enjoy 3 days free travel each year, and new lower half-price fares at other times? Details on our website.

Disabled Carer’s Concession

Disabled Passengers continue to be eligible for concession fare. However, if it is necessary for a carer to accompany a disabled person on their visit, the carer can now benefit from getting free travel.
Please note: Proof of eligibility, such as a Local Authority Travel Pass bearing the +C or +1 logos may be required.

Other changes in 2017 include:

  • Some changes to intermediate single and return fares to make them more fairly priced for shorter journeys.
  • Local Resident Railcard holders will continue to enjoy half-price fares, however Senior / Concession Local Residents will now pay half of the normal Concession fare, and not half of the Local Adult fare. If you live in BD20, 21 or 22, why don’t you get a Local Resident’s Railcard and enjoy reduced prices throughout the year?
  • The eligibility for the Concession fare has increased to age 65, or those holding a Local Authority Bus Pass.

For details of all the fares, visit the Times & Fares page of the website.

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Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 7th & 8th January 2017

Returning to action after resting whilst the larger locomotives took the strain with the heavy Santa Steam Specials, this weekend will see Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2T no. 85 on a 4 coach corridor steam service.

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Also returning to the front after a long rest while the Class 101 operated the diesel services during the Santa Special weekends, is DRB M79964 which will operate the diesel turns throughout the weekend.

Please note that 2017 sees the introduction of a new Blue timetable with passenger services on Sunday commencing ex-Oxenhope at 10.15 and not 09.00 as previously. Unlike the old Blue timetable this will be a steam hauled departure with the Blue diesel service now commencing at 11.00. KWVR steam passenger services, therefore, start earlier than in past years. The Green timetable that operates on Saturday, remains unchanged with the first diesel service departing Oxenhope at 09.00.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

50 Years of Santa Steam Specials – Part 2, 1991 – 2015

One month ago, we published Part 1 of this photographic record of 50 years of Santa Steam Specials. Now, as the 2016 season draws to a close, we celebrate the second 25 years of the day that Santa’s train rumbled out of Haworth Yard hauled by a J72 class 0-6-0T 69023 ‘Joem’.

Our membership and the general public have sent us their photographic record of those 50 years, without them this would have been a scant offering, thank you. Below is a sample from the second 25 years which brings the total number of images of those 50 years to over 240 photographs. So just follow this link to see Santa Steam Specials – Part 2, 1991 – 2015.

As with the first 25 years, some years are covered well and others with just a solitary image. If you have photographs to contribute to this wonderful record of the Railway’s achievements, send them to news@kwvr.co.uk .

Did you miss the first 25 years? If so just follow this link to see Santa Steam Specials – Part 1, 1965 – 1990.

 

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Flying Scotsman on the KWVR

The world’s most famous steam locomotive, ‘Flying Scotsman, has been travelling the country for the last year, drawing thousands of admiring glances having returned to action after a long and protracted overhaul. Now it is time for the people of West Yorkshire to witness this magnificent locomotive.

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The locomotive will be on loan courtesy of the National Railway Museum and will join the KWVR fleet for nine days from the 1st April – 9th April 2017.

On the weekends of the 1st & 2nd and 8th & 9th April ‘Scotsman’ will be in steam and on display at RAIL STORY, Ingrow with the opportunity to go on the footplate.

During the week, 3rd – 7th April, the locomotive will be climbing the Valley from Keighley to Oxenhope, giving visitors the chance to ride behind this iconic engine. Travelling behind ‘Flying Scotsman’ will be by advance ticket purchase ONLY.

For all the details of this not-to-be-missed opportunity, visit the Flying Scotsman page on the website >>>

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Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 23rd & 24th December 2016

The first Santa Steam Specials of the season ran on the 26th & 27th November and after 4 hugely successful weekends the season comes to a climax with the last Specials on Friday 23rd and Christmas Eve.

Our volunteers have been working very hard keeping our visitors happy and entertained especially with trains full to capacity on every one of our trains.

This last two days will have a combination of locomotives with USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 on the south, Oxenhope end of the train assisted, for the final time, by Class 25 diesel 25 059 at the Keighley end.

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The diesel service operates all day on both days and is free to those holding Santa Special tickets and pay on the day to other passengers, will be in the hands of our class 101 diesel multiple unit. This will be the last diesel service of 2016, returning on 7th January.

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For the diesel railcar service timetable in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the main website.

There are no trains on Christmas Day, we are sure everyone will agree that our dedicated band of volunteers deserve at least one day off, but our steam hauled Mince Pie Specials will run on Boxing Day and everyday until 2nd January 2017. These services will be hauled by BR Standard Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078.

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Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

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Amendment to Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 17th & 18th December 2016

This weekend is week 4 of Santa Steam Specials and the weather, in the main, appears to be holding out so relatively kind to our passengers compared to the last few years. Just a nice sprinkling of snow and a bright sunny day would really set the scene.

90733 will be providing the steam traction on both days this weekend with the class 25 continuing at the north, Keighley, end and will be the motive power on the evening Carol Service Train, for which just a few seats remain.

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The Santa Steam Specials are sold out but the diesel service operates all day on both days and is free to those holding Santa Special tickets and is pay on the day to other passengers. Again the service will be in the hands of our class 101 diesel multiple unit.

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For the diesel railcar service timetable in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the main website.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.